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13 March 2018, 10:59 | Erica Roy
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump
After President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un, with specific details yet to be worked out, Bloomberg is reporting that Kim may request that the signing of a peace treaty at a proposed meeting with the US president.
"I told President Trump that at our meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he's committed to denuclearisation". He says it's "very important that those conservations are held quietly" between North Korea and the U.S.
In an unexpected move last week, Trump agreed to hold a first-ever meeting with Kim, which South Korea said would take place by the end of May after a North-South summit in April. Trump belittled Kim as "Little Rocket Man", while the North called Trump the "mentally deranged USA dotard".
He said that no venue for the meeting had been agreed upon.
On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the meeting wouldn't take place "until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea".
"There are lots of choices that are going to have to be made, and if the President feels that they all have to go the way that the United States wants them to go, we probably won't get to an agreement - and we probably will find ourselves at war", Sherman said. That's beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S. Trump's announcement has raised speculation about whether the meeting will actually go ahead, what North Korea will demand from the United States and even where the two leaders might meet.
The head of that South Korean delegation, National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Monday and will head to Moscow on Tuesday.
US national security adviser H.R. McMaster briefed U.N. Security Council envoys in NY on Monday.
South Korean U.N. Ambassador Cho Tae-yul, who attended the McMaster briefing, described the plans for talks with North Korea as a "once in a lifetime opportunity".
South Korean officials last Thursday announced that Trump accepted North Korea's invitation.
A summit between two nations that have remained in a state of war since the Korean War would be a remarkable turnabout after a year of heightened tensions.
Kim is likely to raise the possibility of such a treaty along with establishing diplomatic relations and moving toward nuclear disarmament, during a meeting with the American president, the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper said Monday, citing an unidentified senior official in South Korea's presidential office.
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